I’m Al Doolittle, a Futurist and a problem solver, I’ve just installed a V1 on a beehive located in Clinton, CT that I already has a small data monitoring system. I’m doing this for the short term so I can compare data. I’m using a v1 because i don’t have to completely open the hive. i’ll replace it with a mini this spring. Because of the low energy overhead, the new BuzzBoxes will be used in simplified configurations. I haven’t ruled out to using cellular if needed.
You can see the data from the other data collector here
Don’t get too concerned if there are differences between the two data collectors. Measurement locations are different and calibrations may be off. I am recording hive weight, inside temperature/humidity, outside temperature/humidity, solar radiation and rainfall with the other unit. (Note: Presently the solar and outside temperature are down. The inside temperature/ humidity sensor is fully propolized so ignore the humidity.)
There is a missing realtime video camera (Arlo) that is going back up soon. The camera is remotely viewed using an Amazon Echo Show. I’m waiting to replace it with a low cost outdoor camera when it becomes available (soon). The price should be below $50.
IR pictures using a FLIR camera are periodically take to help locate the bees in the hive.
At the risk of being called a helicopter beekeeper, I will add that there’s a 12v hive heater with a thermostat below the mesh of the open bottom. This is just a safety net to reduce stress in extremely cold weather. I haven’t decided what temperature set-point I’m going to use but I don’t want to upset the natural balance of the hive so whatever it is, it will certainly be below freezing.